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1902, named for J.P. Lee (1831-1904), U.S. designer of bolt action + Enfield (q.v.).

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  • The lee-enfield rifle, caliber .303, is the arm of the infantry and cavalry.

  • The man used his lee-enfield rifle and scarcely waited to take aim.

    Life in an Indian Outpost Gordon Casserly
  • A squad of sepoys with 303 lee-enfield rifles was drawn up five paces in front of it and fired a volley at its forehead.

    Life in an Indian Outpost Gordon Casserly
  • He seemed to understand the mechanism of the lee-enfield and made some fair shooting at a moving target at two hundred yards.

    Life in an Indian Outpost Gordon Casserly
  • All had fixed bayonets; between the lee-enfield and one of the Arisakas there was a vacancy.

    Murder in the Gunroom Henry Beam Piper
  • He was getting old and limped of one leg where a lee-enfield bullet had perforated the calf.

    A Son Of The Sun Jack London

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